Buffalo Philharmonic to focus on Kurt Weill in 2018-19, with partner university

Posted on: September 26, 2018

Beginning in October and continuing throughout the 2018-19 season, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is partnering with the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences’ Collaboratory to present a Kurt Weill Festival. The festival will include cabaret performances, art exhibits, talks, humanities symposia, masterclasses, and chamber and orchestral concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall and on the UB campus. The festival will launch on October 11 with a multimedia performance featuring soprano Lisa Vroman, baritone William Sharp, and pianist Shane Schag at the UB Center for the Arts, curated by Kim Kowalke and Joe Horowitz, with visuals by Peter Bogdanoff. A Buffalo Philharmonic string quartet will perform Weill’s String Quartet No.1, Op. 8 and Marc Blitzstein’s “Italian” String Quartet (Oct. 30); the full Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform stage works including The Seven Deadly Sins and Lady in the Dark on a multimedia program exploring immigration (Jan. 17); cabaret songs and chamber works will be featured on a program about “degenerate” music by Weill, Eisler, and Schoenberg (March 28); and there will be five performances (May 2-5) of Threepenny Opera, produced by the UB Department of Theatre and Dance. Also planned is a full-day symposium by the UB Humanities Institute, “Sounds: Avant-Garde, Modernism and Fascism” (April 8).

Posted September 26, 2018